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Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro Kiwi groundhandling wing

Icaro’s Kiwi is a 15m² paraglider that’s made for groundhandling.  It’s good for all conditions, the company say, and lthough it’s designed for ground-work, it is airworthy and in fact launches easily, whether in nil-wind or strong  breezes up to 40km/h, responding well to rear-riser steering and correction. They say its uncomplicated design, few lines and […]

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GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN Condor: tandem PPG wing

GIN’s Condor is their “big lady”, a heavyweight tandem for professional and recreational tandem PPG pilots. It’s made for trikes, and offers an easy take-off and great performance, GIN say, with smooth inflation, good energy retention and a wide speed range allowing for a good margin of safety on take-offs and landings. It is fast and stable at high […]

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GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN Vantage 2: intermediate PPG wing

GIN’s new Vantage 2 is a wing for intermediate paramotor pilots, and is also certified for free-flying. The company say the Vantage 2 fulfills all the demands and needs of a performance paramotor wing, at trim speed and with trimmers open and on bar. It is well-balanced in pitch with good roll stability, yet is precise and co-ordinated in the turn, resulting in a smooth and enjoyable […]

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Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone to launch Z-Alps: lightweight Zeno

Ozone have announced that they will be releasing a light version of the EN-D Zeno, the Z-Alps, for summer 2017. The first Z-Alps wings will be supplied to 2017 Red Bull X-Alps competitors – Ozone say that about 12 of the 32 pilots in the race will be flying Ozone, including Pál Takáts (HU), Gaspard Petiot (FR), Richard Brezina (CA) and […]

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Moyes RX Pro 2017 optional extras

Moyes RX Pro 2017 optional extras

Moyes have announced they will be offering two optional extras for customers buying their RX Pro competition hang glider: the Pro-Edge trailing edge and Skylite undersurface. The Pro-Edge is a new high-tech laminate by Dimension Polyant. Moyes say its random array of non-woven composite filaments give the trailing edge excellent abrasion resistance and a smooth, sharp appearance, and it […]

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AirDesign release lightweight EN-D Hero

AirDesign release lightweight EN-D Hero

AirDesign have announced the Hero, their new ultralight, high-performance EN-D. It’s designed for competition pilots, vol-bivouac enthusiasts, and backcountry adventurers, and the smallest size weighs less than 3kg. It’s characterised by a high top speed and precise handling characteristics, AD say. It was designed from scratch, with every element optimised for efficiency and weight reduction. It has a modest […]

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Flymaster introduces light, simple Vario LS

Flymaster introduces light, simple Vario LS

Flymaster have added a new beginner’s instrument to their range, the Light, Simple Vario LS.  It is small, super thin (just 12mm) and boasts an easy user interface and a “very affordable” price. It’s powered by an internal 750mAh Li-ion battery that gives more than 100 hours’ flight time, and can be recharged via the USB port of any […]

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Hike-and-Fly planning tool now a mobile app

Hike-and-Fly planning tool now a mobile app

Hikeandfly.info is an AirDesign-supported tool to help pilots find hike-and-fly routes throughout Europe.  The map-based tool can be used on the hikeandfly.info website, or by downloading a free mobile phone app. “Tours” are plotted on a map, and pilots can click on a spot to open a page with route details, photos and information about the take-off, landing zone etc. […]

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New society demands action over ‘cruelty to Zenos’

New society demands action over ‘cruelty to Zenos’

In case you land at this page later than 1 April 2017, this was an April Fool! A new task force has been set up to prevent cruelty to paragliders. Called the Society Against Cruelty to Paragliders, the organisation has been created following concerns over the number of “barely used” Zeno paragliders appearing on secondhand […]

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Chogori 2017: lightweight pod from El Speedo

Chogori 2017: lightweight pod from El Speedo

El Speedo have upgraded their lightweight pod harness, and released the new Chogori 2017 in XC and ultrino (ultra-light) versions. The XC version has a carbon seatboard, which the El Speedo team describe as, “the Mercedes of all seatboards”, whereas the Ultrino version is a hammock-style. Both versions feature an updated and improved coccoon closure system, and are made […]

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Niviuk release the single-surface Skin 2/Skin 2P

Niviuk release the single-surface Skin 2/Skin 2P

Niviuk have released the Skin 2, the second generation of their single-surface paraglider. It’s available in standard (Skin 2) and super-light (Skin 2P, ‘Plume’) versions, and both will be certified in three sizes, EN-B for the 18 and 20, and EN-C for the 16m² sizes. Niviuk say the Skin 2 /2P are more stable and more durable than the original […]

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Skyman String RS: 690g reversible harness

Skyman String RS: 690g reversible harness

Designed to complement the single-skin Sir Edmund paraglider, Skyman have made their ultra-light String harness in a reversible version.  The String RS has an inbuilt a 32 litre rucksack which Skyman say is comfortable to carry and can take an entire ultra-light kit. It weighs just 690g, including Austria Alpin Rocket karabiners (supplied), and is LTF/EN […]

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GriffinD / Yeti Extrem2: new for spring

GriffinD / Yeti Extrem2: new for spring

GIN’s Spring 2017 brochure unveils a new, extra robust version of their Griffin mountain wing, and an even lighter Yeti Xtrem² harness. The Griffind is made from Dominico 30D fabric, and it’s a bit heavier than the standard Griffin but offers excellent durability, GIN say. It’s for pilots tackling tougher terrain. Due to the different material, GIN […]

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TopMetSat: live weather pictures to your flight deck

TopMetSat: live weather pictures to your flight deck

TopMeteo have released an app called TopMetSat that delivers satellite weather pictures to your smartphone while you fly. It works in Europe and Southern Africa, and uses your regular mobile internet connection to display satellite and radar images so you could check, for instance, the level of cloud cover in your downtrack vicinity. TopMetSat say: The intelligent connection management […]

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Little Cloud release XC/hike-and-fly Gyps

Little Cloud release XC/hike-and-fly Gyps

Little Cloud are releasing their new “high-performance fun wing”, the Gyps, in April 2017. Its for cross-country pilots, and light enough to hike-and-fly. Little Cloud say the Gyps, which is the Latin word for vulture, is pretty accessible and has fun handling, but it has an aspect ratio of 6.95 and is for it’s for experienced pilots. […]

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Airfer Rocky / Rocky Light PPG trikes

Airfer Rocky / Rocky Light PPG trikes

Airfer have released their new Rocky and Rocky Light single-seater PPG trikes, the lightest trikes in their range. They are made from TIG-welded mirror-polished stainless steel, with strong aluminium 7075 bars for the rear axles. Airfer say they fit any Airfer paramotor, and others, but check before buying. The Rocky trikescan be easily dismantled and folded away […]

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Ozone release new Delta 3, EN C

Ozone release new Delta 3, EN C

Ozone have released their highly-anticipated Sports class wing, the Delta 3. Information published on the product pages of the Ozone website reveals that the Delta 3 will be produced in six sizes, and is expected to be rated EN C in every size. The ML size, 85-105kg, is the only size fully certified so far. […]

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Cloudbase Media release second European Flying Sites Guide

Cloudbase Media release second European Flying Sites Guide

Cloudbase Media have released an updated version of the European Flying Sites Guide. The 480-page book provides information on more than 4,800 flying sites across Europe, displayed on 1:1.500.000 scale maps for Europe (1:750.000 for the Alps). An accompanying 200-page booklet contains further details on over 10,500 different launch and landing sites. The sites guide is available […]

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Ozone Zeno (EN D) review: Flying XC, full stalls and SIV

Ozone Zeno (EN D) review: Flying XC, full stalls and SIV

As part of our review of the Zeno for an upcoming issue of Cross Country Magazine, we went to Monaco and scared ourselves. The Zeno was actually OK… no dramas. The tips stall much earlier than the centre, and care needs to be taken to ensure a symmetric recovery. We found that as you let […]

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Advance announce release date of Sigma 10

Advance announce release date of Sigma 10

Advance have said the release date of the Sigma 10, their EN C sports glider, is planned for the end of April 2017. The Sigma 10 will be pitched as a “high-end XC intermediate in the middle of the C class.” Advance said: “The Sigma 10 updates the story of the legendary Sigma series. An […]

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